March 6, 2003
Tallahassee, Fla. - No. 1 Florida State (17-1) completed a three-game sweep of Siena (0-11) with a 6-1 Thursday afternoon victory at Dick Howser Stadium. Freshman right-hander Glen Simon was impressive in his first-ever outing as a Seminole, throwing seven scoreless innings and scattering three hits. Simon struck out four and walked three. Florida State has now won 14 consecutive games and the Seminoles' 17-1 start is the best since the 1982 club began the year 21-1.
"I was very proud of the way Glen Simon pitched today," said head coach Mike Martin. "He was very poised and got out of a couple of jams. He's earned an opportunity to come out of the pen and possibly start. There are a lot of guys battling for the No. 4 and No. 5 spot in the rotation and he has put himself in that group."
The Seminoles got on the board first with one run in the bottom of the first. Drew took a lead off walk before stealing second and was later plated by Tony Richie's double down the right line for the early lead.
FSU added single runs in the third and fourth innings to increase their lead to 3-0. Richie walked, moved to second on a Jerrod Brown groundout, and then scored on Chris Hart's single to left in the third. In the fourth, Drew doubled to right and scored on Tony McQuade's double to center.
Richie pushed the Seminole lead to 5-0 in the fifth with his fourth home run of the season, a two-run shot over the fence in right. Richie finished the day 2-for-2 and went 5-for-6 with three doubles, one home run, five RBI and seven walks in the three-game series against the Saints.
"Tony Richie had an excellent series," said Martin. "The thing you notice most about Tony is that as he has matured, he's learned the strike zone and hasn't gotten himself out. The young man had some great at bats this week. He and Stephen (Drew) have been doing a very good job of being selective at the plate. Drew had a number of walks in the series and turned most of them into doubles with stolen bases."
Florida State made it 6-0 with a run in the seventh on Bryan Zech's RBI-single down the right field line. Siena scored the only run of the game in the ninth when Matt Mueller doubled and scored on a Bill Lazio groundout.
Florida State will take on No. 15 Florida at Dick Howser Stadium on Friday and Saturday before traveling to Gainesville on Sunday. Game times are set for 6:00 p.m on Friday and 2:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. FSU LHP Matt Lynch (4-0) will face UF LHP Mike Pete (1-0) Friday night.
"There's obviously a lot of excitement around here with Florida coming in Friday," said Martin. "I know they are 12-1 and have beaten Miami so it will be a challenge for us. Hopefully we can pack 4,000 plus in here this weekend. These are the kind of games our guys came to Florida State to play in."